We are extremely sad to report the passing of former member Steve Sear.
He came to the sport in his late 30s but made a substantial impact on the local racing scene. He raced frequently, particularly over 5-10 miles, and would regularly clock low 31 minutes for 10K and 51 minutes for 10 miles. Just prior to his retirement from the sport aged 44 he ran 31.07 for 10,000m. Steve's brother John, some years younger, was equally talented and ran sub9 for 3000m steeplechase.
He frequently represented our British League track team, including in the days when the Cup Final was televised on the BBC or ITV. On one occasion which induced mirth amongst the assembled Woodford athletes watching in a bar, the commentator announced that "a father and son" were racing for Woodford, referring to the two brothers.
Steve was an integral part of a squad which assembled in the last 1980s and early 1990s and finished 22nd in the National 12 Stage Road Relay in 1995, when he ran our 2nd fastest long (5.6 mile) leg in 27:36. He was a key member of that group which first won the Metropolitan Cross Country League in the 1988-89 season under team manager Graham Pribul.
He was twice Essex M40 Cross Country champion, and won the club's Ken Bray Trophy for winter consistency 3 times between 1991 and 1995.
The club sends its condolences to Steve's wife Christine, daughter Rachel, brother John and all the family.